|09-03-2009, 07:00 PM||#1|
The Grand Mouse
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Norfolk, England
Device: Kindle 2; iPhone 3G; Bookeen Opus; NOOK ST GlowLight
Adobe Digital Editions Rant
Ones I'm certain about:
Text in SVGs is very basic. It doesn't handle text-anchor, it doesn't handle letter-spacing.
Working around this limitations is time consuming, both because the work-around requires lots of manual tweaking, and also because of the time spent making sure that it really is ADE not handling something, and not just a syntax error.
If Adobe would actually publish a list of what ADE does and does not handle in the ePUB specifications, that would be really useful. Do they do so, and I've just missed it?
Grrr... even Mobipocket do that much.
|09-04-2009, 11:38 AM||#3|
Created Sigil, FlightCrew
Join Date: Feb 2008
Device: Sony Reader PRS 505
Yes, unfortunately we seem to be repeating "IE vs. the Web" in "ADE vs. EPUB"... when the market leader has a billion quirks and it makes following standards hard.
But the Adobe people are nice guys. Hey, my main complaint was lack of full justification and hyphenation and they fixed that, so now I'm more lenient. They're trying though... they're not updating ADE as fast as I'd like them to, but hopefully we'll get there some day.
But I'll grant you that ADE quirks are doing a not unsubstantial amount of harm to EPUB adoption.
Try Sigil, the free and open source ebook editor
Try FlightCrew, the superior open source epub validator
Last edited by Valloric; 09-04-2009 at 11:40 AM.
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